Zacks Releases Four Powerful ”Buy” Stocks: First Solar, QUALCOMM, NN, Inc. and CIRCOR International

Four free stock picks are being made available today on The industry ‘ s leading independent research firm highlights one Zacks #1 Rank Strong Buy or a Zacks #2 Rank Buy stock for each of the four main styles of investing: Aggressive Growth, Growth & Income, Momentum, and Value.

The four highlighted picks are: First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR), QUALCOMM, Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), NN, Inc. (Nasdaq: NNBR) and CIRCOR International, Inc. (NYSE: CIR).

Today, Zacks is promoting its ”Buy” stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free at

Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the S&P 500 since 1988, producing an average annual return of +30%. Performance has been notable even during volatile and down times. For example, during the last bear market, 2000-2002, the market tumbled -37.6% – but Zacks #1 Rank stocks gained +43.8%.

Here is a summary of today’s selected stocks that are now highly rated by Zacks:

Aggressive Growth – First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR)

First Solar has announced an expansion of its Ohio plant. A Zacks Analyst has also reiterated the buy recommendation and target price of $300 per share on September 22nd.

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Growth & Income – QUALCOMM, Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM)

QUALCOMM continues to boast strong fundamentals that signal growth, and analysts keep raising forecasts. Wall Street is projecting earnings of 51 cents per share for the fiscal fourth quarter, up from last month ‘ s 50 cents. For the year ending September 2008, analysts are expecting earnings of $1.95 per share, versus last month ‘ s $1.94. The most accurate estimate is a more bullish $2.02.

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Momentum – NN, Inc. (Nasdaq: NNBR)

NN, Inc. has been able to produce impressive earnings growth in a very tough environment. The company has surprised and beaten analyst estimates in each of the last three quarters, and the analyst community is projecting 16% earnings growth in the next-year period.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – CIRCOR International, Inc. (NYSE: CIR)

CIRCOR is seeing big profits in the worldwide valve business as revenues jumped 25% in the second quarter. The company has surprised on earnings 3 out of the last 4 quarters by an average of 4.25%. CIRCOR’s forward P/E is 12.78.

Zacks Guide to Value Investing (free!):

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Underlying the four free stock picks is a simple truth that first appeared in a Financial Analysts Journal article published in 1979. Leonard Zacks, a Ph.D. in Mathematics from M.I.T. found that “earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices.” Zacks #1 Rank is awarded to a stock when analysts sharply upgrade their estimates of what the company will earn.

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